Living Abroad: What No One Talks About

There is no doubt that traveling and living in another country, for any amount of time is incredibly special, but I think many people have glamorized it. Everyone talks about the wonderful things that we see, the people we meet, the fantastic food we get to eat. We post photos on social media of beautiful... Continue Reading →

Kathmandu

I spent nearly all of my first 4 weeks back in Nepal, in Kathmandu. And while I love Nepal, everyone has heard me complain about this city. The dirt, pollution, garbage, traffic and general chaos. But every once in a while, there is this incredible beauty that shines through. One of my last mornings in Kathmandu,... Continue Reading →

What if you didn’t get paid?

This post was previously published in early 2018 as part of an assignment for my undergrad degree.  Imagine that you have a labour-intensive job. You spend your days cutting grass and weeds on the sides of steep hills and carry it home on your back. The bundle of grass is so big that you nearly... Continue Reading →

Just Like Coming Home

As we descended through the clouds, I saw that hill that was visible from my old apartment. The one my friend and I had climbed. The highest point in the Kathmandu Valley. That familiar sight caused me to tear up, my eyes still welling with tears as the plane touched down, minutes later. I was... Continue Reading →

I’d Rather Go

Many people my age are starting to settle down. Getting real adult jobs, getting married, and having children. And if I'm being honest, the thought of that is terrifying. But that is the norm, or to me it seems like it is. When I was in Nepal I was often asked if I was married,... Continue Reading →

Lessons from 2018

This year has felt like forever and it has felt like nothing. It has been a year of change. A year of challenges. A year of growth. I have experienced some incredible highs, but also some incredible lows. And, over the last 12 months, I've learned more than I could have imagined. I thought I'd share a... Continue Reading →

Tihar

Currently in Nepal, those who are Hindu, are celebrating the festival of Tihar (similar to Diwalli in India). This was written last year, when I was in Nepal, after my first visit to a village, which just happened to occur during this festival. I had been invited to the office on the first day of... Continue Reading →

Travel Therapy

In the last few months, it's become habit for me to check out cheap flights around the world. And, when I have a little time off from school, I start getting an itch to travel. So in early September, I came across a seat sale and booked a flight to Chicago. It was my first time... Continue Reading →

New York

This post was previously published in July 2018.  Spring of 2018 was been filled with moving, massive life changes and just a little bit of chaos. So, after my convocation in early June, I took a break from the craziness that life had been throwing at me, and threw myself into one of the most... Continue Reading →

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